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Microsoft to add two-factor authentication: report

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An app is in the final stages of development that would generate a random code as part of a user's Microsoft account password login for extra security. 

According to liveside, the app would be used to help identify an Outlook account holder when logging in from a device other than one on his or her list of trusted computers. After entering a username and password, the app will generate a random code that would also need to be entered to prove the user's identification.

The blog goes on to claim that, although the Microsoft Account service is yet to officially launch, the app in question has already made an appearance in the Windows Phone app store where it is described as an "Authenticator App that generates security codes you can use to help keep your Microsoft Account Secure." The supporting materials also reveal that an account can be added to the app by manually keying in its code or by scanning a barcode.

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